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Shrinking jug by Dave Hakkens

September 23, 2012

For me the coolest feature of porcelain is that it shrinks when you bake it. So when I heard this, I just had to see how far I could go, says Dave Hakkens about the Shrinking jug project. I made a huge jug from all kinds of materials to see the shrinking process on different textures. From this jug I made a mold and poured porcelain in. Then baked it at 1260 degrees, and it shrank; 14%. With this porcelain model I made another mold and baked it, it shrank again. Made a mold from this model and so on…Every time the porcelain deforms a little bit and slowley the textures looses its detail. In total it took me 14 steps to transform a jug of 5 liters into one of 10 milliliters?, says Dave Hakkens.

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